Red Power Round Up

| 8/6/2009 9:50:38 AM

Tags: farm shows, Wisconsin,

Hi, I’m back. Back from another antique tractor show.

The Auto-Mower from the McCormick International Harvester Archives.  
The Auto-Mower from the McCormick International Harvester Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society.

Boy, this one really had me seeing RED and a lot of it, but I mean in a good way. It was the 20th annual International Harvester Collectors Club Red Power Round Up. Sponsored by Case IH, Cub Cadet and the Wisconsin Historical Society, hosted by Wisconsin Chapter No. 4 and held July 23-25 at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Even the center’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum dome was red for the occasion!

George Monis took some time out of his busy schedule during the show to tell me about the club. They became incorporated and strove to have the funds they raised allocated directly to the McCormick International Harvester Collection archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Over the years, the Wisconsin Chapter  No. 4 has raised some $50,000 itself and has funneled funds from other donors and chapters totaling over $100,000. This helps make the archives, photos and information available to the public and used for advertising and publicity for Case IH. Many items from the archive collections were on display at the show, including memorabilia from Cyrus McCormick and the first tractor built in North America, the Auto-Mower.

The sponsors helped make it possible for the country music recording artist Craig Morgan to perform at the show, and author and humorist Michael Perry to make an appearance, mixed in with displays of new and old tractors and equipment.